TFL Films & Series

Cuban Dancer

A passionate coming of age ballet tale, danced between Cuba and the United States, in a time of change.

Main info

Title: Cuban Dancer
Year: 2020
Directed by: Roberto Salinas
Premiere & awards: Rome Film Festival 2020, Alice nella Città
Produced by: Indyca – Italy
In co-production with: Filmoption International – Canada, Valdivia Films – Chile
Countries: Italy, Canada, Chile


Alexis is a 15-year-old talented student of the National Ballet School of Cuba. He spends his life practicing with his girlfriend and dance partner Yelenia. When his parents move to Florida to be reunited with his sister, Alexis’ happy teenage world is turned upside down. He is forced to leave behind Cuba, his school, his relatives and his beloved girlfriend. Facing rejection and homesick, Alexis feels lost and alone. When he gets accepted in the prestigious HARID Ballet School he has to start all over. He does not speak the language, has no friends and his Cuban style of ballet does not match the American school method. Meanwhile his parents are making sacrifices for his career. Alexis knows that he has to find his way quickly in the world of American ballet while trying to remain faithful to his roots.

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